To this day, the Sonic video games are still very popular—and addicting. With Sonic the Hedgehog 2, director Jeff Fowler has shown that he knows how to make a video game adaptation faithful to its nostalgic fan base. People around the world who love the Sonic video games and the first Sonic film will love Sonic the Hedgehog 2. The quirkiness and creativity of Sonic the Hedgehog 2 make the film a joyful and lighthearted experience.
In Sonic the Hedgehog 2, Ben Schwartz is back to play Sonic, who has adapted to a life of being a hero and living with Tom, played again by James Marsden. Tom is living a great life with his new love Maddie, played by Tika Sumpter, and they decide to go on a getaway without Sonic. Unfortunately, the evil Dr. Ivo Robotnik, played by Jim Carrey, shows up and is back for revenge. This time Ivo has a sidekick, Knuckles, played by Idris Elba. The planet is once again at risk, and the job of stopping Ivo and Knuckles is in the hands of Sonic. Fortunately, Sonic also has a sidekick, Tails, played by Collen O’Shanussy, to help him; although Sonic and Tails are really put to the test. Everyone is absent-minded in some area, and that is one of the things that makes the Sonic franchise a fun and joyful ride.
The hysterical situations of Sonic the Hedgehog 2 and the hidden gems are unexpected and entertaining, and several of the main character performances are stellar. Carrey has those clever one-liners and wit, Marsden has just the right nice guy vibe, O’Shanussy is the ideal sidekick for Sonic, and Elba makes the perfect evil partner for Carrey.
I loved reliving my childhood with Sonic the Hedgehog 2. It’s a positive adventure and a rollercoaster of fun—a lighthearted kick that kids and adults will love and cherish, making it great family entertainment. Three stars for Sonic the Hedgehog 2.